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Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) (14)
This may be very pretty metallic green jewel beetle, but it is extremely destructive to Ash trees. An Asian species which has infected thousands of trees and has led to their destruction.
Killing trees in three to five years after infestation this insect has cost Ohio alone millions of dollars in damage control.
The larval live under the bark where they feed until the adult beetle eventually emerges. I had to cut down an ash tree that my son brought home from school when he was in the first grade. I noticed last year that it seemed to be dying off at the top and found it to be infested with the ash borer larva.
I will post other images in a WS
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Newely emerged beetle
This particular beetle had just emerged from the bark as I peeled it back and was drying it's wings.
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Ash Borer larva
I found these larva just under the bark of an Ash tree that my son planted when he was in the first grade
Nikon Coolpix 5700